April Newsreel (a lot late)

As long as I’m posting the May links, the April links should go up too. Enjoy!


Research articles:

  1. Synthetic mammalian gene circuits
  2. Expanding DNA Polymerase function
  3. Synthetic biochemistry module produces valuable chemicals from glucose
  4. Programming IPSC differentiation with a genetic circuit
  5. Cellular device for liver protection
  6. Rapid and efficient incorporation of long DNA fragments into E. coli genomes
  7. A step towards rational dynamic control of gene expression
  8. Research Highlight: A minimal synthetic cell.
  9. Research highlight: Automated genetic circuit design.

Non-research stuff

  1. ComSciCon is awesome! Chicago meeting’s in August, come to the keynote.
  2. The Foundry (DNA factory) Opens in the UK
  3. Perspective article on biosafety in DIY bio communities
  4. Oxford Nanopore responds to Illumina lawsuit
  5. Tech Museum Synthetic Biology Exhibit
  6. GM Mushroom escapes US Regulations
  7. Sean Parker starts $250 million cancer immunotherapy institute

GeneMods Connect! A networking event

We’re excited to announce our first networking event, GeneMods Connect! This event is intended as a time to socialize with other members of the GeneMods community, share about your research interests, and find potential connections or collaborations. RSVP soon using the form below. Space is limited to 30 participants.


Thursday, May 12        5-7pm        Pancoe Cafe

Light dinner provided      Alcoholic beverages provided


Data as Art Exhibit: Today through February

We invite you to join us for an opening reception Jan. 26 at 5:00 pm in the Ford Atrium to welcome the Data as Art Exhibit. This year’s projects include two projects that are synbio focused and make use of the Addgene database.

Data as Art is a fall-term course co-taught by faculty from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and Northwestern Engineering. In this course, students from both institutions work across multiple disciplines to engage in a critical dialogue about information visualization and to conduct collaborative research using data sets. The final projects represent data on a platform of visual art.

Data as Art culminated in an exhibition of the projects at SAIC’s LeRoy Neiman Center where the students’ work was on display Dec. 5-17. Now it is our turn to welcome the exhibition, which will be on display in Ford’s atrium for the next month. Please join us for the installation viewing accompanied by light refreshments.

If you can’t make it to the reception, the exhibit will be on display in the Ford Atrium for the next month.